MAC Announces Volleyball Players of the Week

Updated 9/14/2009

West Division Offensive Player of the Week

Michelle Moore, Western Michigan, Sr., OH, Ft. Wayne, Ind./Snider

Michelle Moore was named to the all-tournament team at the Panther Invitational after leading Western Michigan with 65 kills and 72.5 points. She led WMU with 20 kills, hitting .318, against host Wisconsin-Milwaukee and followed that with 18 kills, hitting .308, against Ohio State. She also had a match-high 17 kills to finish the tournament against South Dakota. Moore also finished in double-figure digs in the first three matches to lead the Broncos with three double-doubles.


East Division Offensive Player of the Week

Ellen Herman, Ohio, Sr., OH, Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic

Herman was named to the Hampton Inn Invitational All-Tournament Team this weekend after averaging 5.06 kills per set (81 kills) with six service aces, 39 digs and nine total blocks.


West Division Defensive Player of the Week

Caitlin Strimel, Western Michigan, Sr., Libero, Chicago, Ill./Mother McAuley

Caitlin Strimel led WMU with 62 digs (4.13 dps) as the Broncos' held four opponents to just a .211 attack percentage at the Panther Invitational. Strimel had her best match of the season against host Milwaukee with a season-high 25 digs and then followed that with 21 digs against South Dakota and a perfect 1.000 serve reception percentage. Strimel's 62 digs moved her career total to 2,189, just 10 shy of moving into fourth place all-time in MAC history.


East Division Defensive Player of the Week

Sarah Petrulis, Ohio, Sr., DS, Westlake, Ohio/Magnificat

Petrulis was named to the Hampton Inn Invitational All-Tournament Team. She totaled 116 receptions, committing only two errors and tallying 69 digs for the Bobcats this past weekend. She is now eighth overall in school history for digs (rally scoring) with 767 and ninth overall in assists (rally scoring) with 130.



Additional Nominees for Offensive Players of the Week

Brionna Patterson, Akron, Sr., OH, Sandusky, Ohio/Sandusky

Leading the Zips for the third weekend in a row, senior Brionna Patterson posted a team-high 60 kills over four games at the Akron Invitational. Posting a .272 hitting percentage, Patterson was also stellar defensively grabbing 29 digs and seven blocks. Adding a team leading nine service aces, Patterson's best performance came against West Virginia where she posted a double-double grabbing 19 kills and 15 digs. Now totaling 1,286 kills in her career, Patterson is just eight kills away from the number seven spot on the Zips' all-time kills list.


Alisha Green, Ball State, Sr., OH, Country Club Hills, Ill./Hillcrest

Alisha Green was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2009 Best Western ISU Classic after helping lead the Cardinals to the tournament championship with a team-best 29 kills in the two-day event. In the win over Chicago State, Green smashed nine kill while hitting .438. Against Eastern Illinois, Green pounded 12 kills and hit .265. In the championship match versus Indiana State, Green collected eight kills while hitting .263. Green also tallied six solo blocks over the three matches, including a season-best three solo stuffs versus Eastern Illinois.


Allison Kearney, Bowling Green, Fr., S, Wooster, Ohio/Triway

Freshman setter Allison Kearney was named to the Best Western Falcons Plaza Invitational All-Tournament team after averaging 9.56 assists and 2.22 digs per set in the team's three matches. She hit .300 and handed out 21 assists in a loss to Green Bay and followed that up with a double-double of 24 assists and 10 digs in a loss to Northern Iowa. In the team's four-set win over Robert Morris, she dished out 41 assists in three sets and added five digs and two blocks.


Dani Silvers, Buffalo, Sr., OH, Waynesville, NC/Tuscola

Silvers led the way for the Bulls with 45 kills as UB went 3-0 on the week, winning all three matches by a 3-0 score. Silvers had match highs in kills in all three matches, including 16 against Niagara.


Rachel Iaquaniello, Eastern Michigan, Fr., OH, Plymouth, Mich. / Dearborn Divine Child

Freshman outside hitter Rachel Iaquaniello was named to the all-tournament team at the Mississippi State Bulldog Classic as the Eagles picked up their first victory of the 2009 campaign. In 15 sets played, Iaquaniello racked up 50 kills, 29 digs and five total blocks. She also had a hitting percentage of .117 (50-31-163). Her best match of the week came versus Southeastern Conference foe Mississippi State in the tournament finale, when she accumulated 23 put-a-ways on 74 attempts and a pair of service aces. The 23 kills was a career-best for the freshman, passing her previous high of 18 set just last week versus Miami (Fla.).


Arjola Prenga, Kent State, Sr., OH, Tirana, Albania

Prenga made her second consecutive all-tournament team as Kent State captured the tile at the 2009 Raider Challenge, knocking off host-Wright State 3-2 on Saturday night (Sept. 12). Prenga, who has played in only five matches in her collegiate career, has had double-digit kills and digs in every match. She was also a force defensively with at least 17 digs in all three matches and had a career-high 20 against Evansville.


Maria Leahy, Miami, Sr., OH, St. Louis, Mo./Cor Jesu Academy

By far the most kills on the team over weekend with 40, an average of 4.00 per set. Made all-tournament team for Miami Best Western Sycamore Inn Invitational. Had strong all-around game for the weekend by finishing third on the team with 21 digs.



Sondra Parys, Toledo, Fr., OH, Crystal Lake, IL/Prairie Ridge

Parys earned Tournament MVP honors at the Cardinal Classic after leading the Rockets with 4.33 kills per set and notching a .268 ATK%. She turned in her best performance with 21 kills vs. host Louisville, a Big East foe that has made eight straight trips to the NCAA Tournament. She also tallied 18 kills vs. Tennessee Tech and 13 kills and a .409 hitting mark vs. Liberty.



Additional Nominees for Defensive Players of the Week

Megan Rodriguez, Akron, Sr., Libero, Sagamore Hills, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit

Senior Megan Rodriguez led UA in the backcourt at the Akron Invitational contributing 57 digs. Her best performance came against West Virginia where she posted a season-high 25 digs. Rodriguez also added 10 assists and two service aces on the weekend.


Kaylee Schembra, Ball State, So., Libero, Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli H.S.

Kaylee Schembra earned Best Western ISU Classic all-tournament accolades after leading BSU’s passers with a .975 reception percentage. In 40 attempts, Schembra only had one reception error. In addition, she collected 26 digs in the three matches for a .289 digs-per-set average. In the championship match versus Indiana State, Schembra collected 12 digs, while adding six versus Chicago State and eight against Eastern Illinois.


Kaitlin Jackson, Bowling Green, Sr., OH, Toronto, Ontario/Richview Collegiate Institute

Kaitlin Jackson led Bowling Green in blocks, ranked second in digs, and had a .970 serve receive percentage as the Falcons went 1-2 at the Best Western Falcon Plaza Invitational over the weekend. She had seven digs and a .960 receive percentage, while adding six kills, in a loss to Green Bay, and followed that up with 13 digs, three blocks and a .947 receive percentage against Northern Iowa. In a win over Robert Morris, she was a perfect 22-of-22 on serve receive and added five digs, a solo block and 10 kills.


Tori Beckman, Buffalo, Fr., Libero, Kansas City, MO/Park Hill

Beckman had 45 digs on the week, averaging 5.00 digs per set to help pace the Bulls to a 3-0 week. Beckman had a match-high 19 digs in UB's victory over Youngstown State on Saturday. Beckman added one service ace on the week. She currently leads the Bulls with 136 digs on the year.


Ashley Mason, Eastern Michigan, So., S, Eastlake, Ohio / Lake Catholic

Mason was an integral part of both the EMU offense and defense on the week, recording 39 digs, eight total blocks, four service aces, 12 kills and 116 set assists. Versus Arkansas State, Mason chipped in 14 digs and three services aces, while against No. 7 Michigan she picked up three block assists and nine digs.


Kristen Barr, Kent State, Jr., DS/L, Bowling Green, Ohio/Bowling Green

Barr, who served as the libero for all three matches, helped Kent State win the 2009 Raider Classic with a 3-0 win over Saint Peter's and 3-2 over both Evansville and Wright State. All weekend, she helped set up the KSU offense with critical digs in their come-from-behind wins over the Purple Aces and Raiders. She also served five times during the six-straight points Kent State scored in the fifth set to beat Wright State, which included an ace which put KSU up 13-5 (KSU went on to win 15-5 in the deciding set).


Lisa Treadway, Miami, Fr., Libero, Dayton, Ohio/Chaminade Julienne

Despite sharing the libero position this weekend, was still tops on team in digs with 25, an average of 2.50 per set. Also recorded four services aces and a kill this weekend.


Maddie Hughes, Northern Illinois, Jr., Libero, St. Charles, Ill./North

Maddie Hughes anchored the NIU defense all weekend at the Lady Topper Volleyball Invitational, compiling 46 digs (5.11/set) and only one error in 56 reception attempts to help hold NIU's opponents to a .206 hitting percentage in three matches (nine sets) and earn all-tournament recognition ... Against Memphis, she totaled 15 digs and no reception errors in 18 attempts ... Versus Western Kentucky, she had 11 digs and no reception errors in 19 attempts ... In NIU's win over Tennessee State, she registered 20 digs and had just one reception error in 19 attempts.



Sarah Wilson, Toledo, Sr., MB, Findlay, OH/Findlay

Sarah Wilson helped Rockets to third straight tournament title at Louisville and earned a spot on the all-tournament team. She led UT with 0.67 blocks per set and also posted a team-high .425 hitting mark. Wilson's top match came against the host Cardinals when she tallied 11 kills, three blocks and a .421 ATK%. She also had four blocks and six kills vs. Tennessee Tech.